The Moon Dwellers by David Estes (Review)

Publisher: David Estes

Release date: June 27 2012

Number of pages: 369

My rating: 4.5/5

My. God. I really wasn't expecting much from The Moon Dwellers. I certainly didn't expect it to come out and smack me in the face with awesomeness. David Estes has been one of my Goodreads friends for ages, but I never thought to read his book. Self published books are tricky. around %80 of them are crap. %15 are alright, and %5 of them are great! Fortunately, this book falls into the %5 of self pubbed books which are great.

The Moon Dwellers is set in an underground dystopian society, where humans were forced to move after massive tsunamis swept the earth. The area is seperated into three realms, the Moon realm, the Star realm and the Sun realm. The Sun realm is the ruling class, with the most resources. The Moon and Star realms are poor, hardly scraping though. Our main character, Adele is serving a life sentence in jail for treason. She makes two friends, Cole and Tawni. When the president's son, Tristian, goes past the jail in a parade, both he and Adele get a bad migrane. Drawn to each other, Tristian wants to find Adele so he can find out why seeing her causes him pain, and Adele, hearing a rumor that her father is alive, sets off to find her sister and her father.

The plot was great. It was interesting and creative, and I loved seeing all the different subchapters (districts in the realms). Adele and her friends are being chased by armed guards, and Tristian is running from his home.

I really liked Adele and Tristain. They were both interesting, and they were both pretty bad-ass! Adele manages to be a great fighter, but in a very realistic way. She was never weak, and she is a very realistivc character.

However, I connected with Adele a bit more than Tristain. Tristain wasn't really as interesting, but he was still a great character.

All the secondary characters were great. I loved Roc, Tristain's servant, and Tawni was great.

However, the best character in this book was Cole, hands down. He was funny and interesting, and I loved his backstory.
[ I almost cried when he died. :( Such a heartbreaking death. (hide spoiler)]

I did have one small problem with this book though. Tristain risks everything to find Adele. He betrays his father and runs off.

That's an awful lot to risk just for one headache. For all he knew, it could be a coincidence. Sometimes, it just seemed that it was too big a risk to take for one girl, but I enjoyed those parts, neverless.

Self pubbed books are usually filled with typos and errors. Luckily, I didn't spot any typos or errors in The Moon Dwellers. The writing was also very good.

I would definitely reccomend this book. And on the plus side, it's only 99 cents for Kindle!


I can't to read the next book! Go out and grab yourself a copy ASAP.

A free copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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